University Advancement

Alumni Awards

The most visible sign of the vitality of a University can be seen by examining the success and achievements of its alumni. Drake University and the National Alumni Association Board of Directors are proud to honor exceptional graduates each year during the Drake Relays at the Alumni Awards Reception. These awards recognize the significant contributions of our alumni to their alma mater, their profession, and their community. Read more about the 2019 Alumni Awards winners.

 Nominations for the 2019 Alumni Awards have closed, and the winners have been posted below.


2019 Alumni Award Winners

Art Coppola

Arthur M. Coppola, BN'72, LW'75
Alumni Achievement Award

Carl Jakopec

Carl T. Jakopec, PH'69

Alumni Loyalty Award


Crystal Everett

Crystal M. Everett, AS'10, JO'10
Young Alumni Loyalty Award


Elizabeth Shelton

Beth Shelton, GR'07

Young Alumni Achievement Award

Marsha K. Ternus

Marsha K. Ternus, LW'77

Distinguished Alumni Award

Rev. Dexter M. Wimbish, Esq.

Rev. Dexter M. Wimbish, LW'94, GR'94

Community Service Award


Alumni Achievement Award Honors alumni for outstanding achievement in their career or profession.

Alumni Loyalty Award Honors an alumnus or alumna for his or her commitment and dedicated service to Drake University.

Community Service Award Recognizes the significant accomplishments of alumni who have engaged in outstanding and meaningful community service.

Distinguished Alumni Award The top honor bestowed upon alumni of Drake, recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual in a career or profession and exemplary service to the community and University.

Young Alumni Achievement Award Honors alumni, age 40 or younger, for outstanding achievement in their career or profession.

Young Alumni Loyalty Award Honors alumni, age 40 or younger, for commitment and dedicated service to Drake.


Previous Alumni Award Winners

View a list of all previous winners.


Questions? Contact Andy Verlengia, Director, Alumni Relations at or (515) 271-3077.